June 25, 2010, 12pm PDT
The 'Twilight' series of books and movies has created a tourism industry in the small town of Forks, Washington, population 3,120.
June 20, 2010, 11am PDT
The number of families in homeless shelters increased by 7% in 2009, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
May 28, 2010, 11am PDT
Don't call them granny flats or inlaw units! These are separate units that can only be built on lots of 4,000 sq. ft. minimum. Only 50 have been built or permitted since the trial began in 2006. The goal is to bring affordabllity to SFH neighborhoods
May 27, 2010, 7am PDT
Americans are driving fewer miles than they were a year ago, despite an improving economy. Some say the American demand for oil will be low throughout the rest of this year.
May 17, 2010, 5am PDT
Planners in cities across the country are installing electronic sensors to track how many people are making use of bike lanes and trails.
May 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
HOAs are mandated to protect the aesthetics of their community. That goal is clashing with many who want to install solar panels on their roofs. States are fighting back with laws prohibiting HOAs from banning panels.
May 13, 2010, 12pm PDT
Student Dallas Hanks saw unused land on the sides of highways being landscaped and thought the land could be used more effectively. His ideas have resulted in a project to grow crops for biodiesel on these embankments.
May 7, 2010, 10am PDT
Across the country, grey-to-green transformations are in the works, capping freeways to reconnect neighborhoods with urban parks.
April 13, 2010, 10am PDT
With more than 500 energy-efficient homes with environmentally friendly features are being built in New Orleans. This rise in green building is being called one of the positive legacies of Hurricane Katrina.
March 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Portland's "Green Streets" program is becoming a new tourist attraction in the city, which officials from other cities are visiting to learn from the Pacific Northwest's model water treatment infrastructure.
March 25, 2010, 6am PDT
Digital billboards with flashing and changing images are being outlawed in cities across the country.
March 9, 2010, 12pm PST
The don't bite. They don't need much space. They follow kids around like a dog. We're talking about miniature goats. Planning commissions across the country are being asked to moved the hooved animals into the "pet" category.
March 1, 2010, 6am PST
A number of hotels across the country have found that having a resident ghost is good for the bottom line, attracting tourists and thrillseekers.
February 26, 2010, 7am PST
After more than two years of declines in American driving patterns, the amount of driving seems to be on the rise.
February 9, 2010, 7am PST
A new study ranks the U.S. states by residents' happiness. From Louisiana (#1) to New York (#51), the happiest people tend to live in sunny, outdoorsy states with strong quality of life measures.
February 8, 2010, 6am PST
In an effort to cut transportation maintenance costs, some cities are ditching their asphalt roads and going back to gravel.
December 27, 2009, 9am PST
The economy has slowed growth to a trickle in states like Florida and Nevada, which had seen continuous growth for years.
December 23, 2009, 5am PST
A new federal grant program is enabling private car and taxi companies in cities across the country to buy new handicapped-accessible cars for their fleets.
December 21, 2009, 1pm PST
Transit ridership has dipped in 2009, according to a new report from the American Public Transportation Association. The recession and high unemployment rates are being blamed.
December 17, 2009, 12pm PST
Buffalo, New York has managed to preserve most of its historic buildings due to a lack of economic drive to replace them. Now that Buffalo is doing better, preservationists are hoping to use those assets for revitalization.